I did it.
Just had an amazing evening meeting fellow artists. The Dorset Art Prize organised by Bournemouth University attracted 100's of entrants from all aspects of the visual arts: sculptures, textiles, photography, digital, animation, ceramics, drawing, printmaking - with the presentation of awards at Poole Museum.
The final award of the evening, 1st Prize, £1,000 for the 19+ category winner.... and my name was called out..... I couldn't believe it.